A Jazz Lover’s Guide to St. Petersburg

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There was a saying in the former Soviet Union: “Today he plays jazz, tomorrow he’ll sell out his motherland”. Back then, jazz was seen as Western, subversive and something not to be trusted. Fortunately, times have changed, and today St. Petersburg attracts top jazz performers from across Russia and indeed the world. Every year, the… Continue reading

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Tea for Two: 5 Top Tea Rooms in St. Petersburg

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Tea has occupied a special place in Russian culture since the 17th century, when it was gifted to Tsar Michael I by the Mongolians. It quickly became the warming beverage of choice among Russian seeking to colonise the icy Siberian region and has been a staple in Russian kitchens ever since. Today, over 80% of… Continue reading

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A Literature Lover’s Guide to St. Petersburg

Griboyedov Canal

If you love Russian literature, St. Petersburg is a dream destination. Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Gogol, Nabokov… Almost all the great Russian writers spent time in this beautiful city. Wandering along the canals beneath the grand buildings, it’s hard not to feel inspired as well. So what can you do to find out more about St.… Continue reading

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Where to eat near the school

Russian cuisine

Where to eat near the school in St. Petersburg Our school in Saint Petersburg is right in the very center of the city, and is surrounded by countless cafés and restaurants. With so many options, it can be hard for students to choose where to have lunch, and one risks being disappointed, so I have… Continue reading

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Review: Luncheon at Cafe Pushkin

Cafe Pushkin

Review: Luncheon at Cafe Pushkin Cafe Pushkin Practical Information: Location: 26-A Tverskoy Boulevard, a short walk from Tverskaya Station Price: 620 rubles for 2 courses, 930 rubles for 3 courses, includes wine and tea/coffee  Website: http://cafe-pushkin.ru/en/ A fellow student, Martina, suggested a visit to Cafe Pushkin, a restaurant which is considered by many to be one of… Continue reading

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